International Law & Organizations

International Law & Organizations Program
International Law & Organizations Program
The International Law & Organizations Program
The International Law & Organizations Program
The International Law & Organizations Program

The International Law & Organizations program educates students in international law as the language of diplomacy and the system of global governance.

The International Law & Organizations program educates students in international law as the language of diplomacy and the system of global governance.

The International Law & Organizations program educates students in international law as the language of diplomacy and the system of global governance.

The International Law & Organizations program educates students in international law as the language of diplomacy and the system of global governance.

The International Law & Organizations program educates students in international law as the language of diplomacy and the system of global governance.

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The International Law & Organizations Program prepares graduates to work in human rights, the rule of law, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental cooperation, corporate social responsibility, protection of international investment, negotiation of international trade agreements and other areas handled by multilateral organizations and NGOs.

The program provides a working knowledge of the general principles of international law, multilateral organizations, and the particular regimes that govern international human rights, international arms control, the limits and use of military force, the law of the sea, regulation of the environment, international health problems, and investment and trade.

State of Rights Democracy Talk: Global State of Democracy
Indonesia Trip August 2015
Indonesia Trip August 2015
Combatting Terrorism: Looking Over the Horizon
Jessup Moot Court Team 2015
Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors
Intl Human Rights Clinic (Dominican Republic) January 2015
UN Trip March 2014
ICC Moot Court Team 2014
Civil Rights in America, from Selma to Ferguson Captives or Creators of History
Jessup Moot Court Team 2014
Intl Human Rights Clinic (Ankara Research Team) January 2014
Intl Human Rights Clinic (Istanbul Research Team) January 2014
International Law Weekend EU Reception October 2013
Professor Ruth Wedgwood at International Law Weekend October 2013
Cambodia Trip August 2013
Cambodia Trip August 2013
Thailand Trip August 2013
Cambodia Trip August 2013
Law of War & the American Civil War Course Spring 2013 Staff Ride Antietam
Hague Trip April 2013
Intl Human Rights Clinic Spring 2013 (Kuwait Research Team)
Intl Human Rights Clinic Spring 2013 (Philippines Research Team)
ICC Moot Court Team 2013
Jessup Moot Court Team 2013
Intl Human Rights Clinic Spring 2012
Bangladesh Trip March 2012
Bangladesh Trip March 2012
ICC Moot Court Team 2012
International Law Weekend October 2011
Sri Lanka Trip March 2011
India Trip November 2009
India Trip November 2009
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Program Activities

 

Speaker Series and Student Trips

The International Law and Organizations Program has an active speaker series, featuring policymakers, diplomats and international lawyers involved in current issues. The program occasionally sponsors a student trip to the United Nations in New York for high-level briefings, as well as small-group visits in Washington, DC, to the US Supreme Court to hear oral arguments and to the US State Department Legal Adviser’s Office. Students also may have the opportunity to take part in an international academic field trip, contingent on available funding. Through generous support from the Starr Foundation, the program has organized trips to India (November 2009), Sri Lanka (March 2011) Bangladesh (March 2012), Cambodia/Thailand (August 2013), and Indonesia (August 2015). Furthermore, students have access to the American Society of International Law and its annual Washington meeting and the American Bar Association Committee on Law and National Security, which hosts speakers on the law of armed conflict, arms control and counterterrorism. Students also have the opportunity to attend International Law Weekend, an annual conference held in New York City, sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association. The United States Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, all in close proximity to the Washington campus, also present programs on the United Nations.

 

Internships

Students have held internships at the UN Human Rights Committee in New York and Geneva, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, the UN Foundation, and various development organizations and human rights NGOs, including the Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives in Uganda. The program has some financial resources for internship placements and supports its students in seeking supplemental funding.

Curriculum

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW & ORGANIZATIONS | MA Academic Requirements

International Law & Organizations Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2016-2017

MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate.  Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW & ORGANIZATIONS

MA students concentrating in International Law and Organizations (ILAW) must take at least 4 courses within this program. One of those courses must be Introduction to International Law (SA.650.700); Foundations of International Law  (SA 650.760) at SAIS Europe; or Legal Foundations of International Relations (SA.744.400) at the HNC, but can be waived with permission of the program's Associate Director or Director.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Students must also fulfill the general requirements for International Relations (IR) which include 2 additional courses within IR from two different IR or selected Policy Areas other than ILAW. These areas include:

IR Areas:
·         Conflict Management     
·         Global Theory and History
·         International Political Economy
Policy Areas:
·         Energy, Resources and Environment
·         Strategic Studies
 
IR students studying at SAIS Europe must take at least three IR courses in Washington with the exception of dual-degree or advanced-standing students, who need must take at least two IR courses in Washington.

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Microeconomics
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, the school will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
·         Risk Analysis and Modeling
·         Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. ILAW concentrators must pass Theories of International Relations as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.

·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at the school. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering, even if not using English for proficiency.

 

CAPSTONE

International Law concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:

  1. Submission of a substantial (no less than 8,000 words, including footnotes or endnotes) research paper of publishable quality on March 1st of their final semester. This paper can be the revised product of a regular IL course or independent research supervised by an IL faculty member.
  2. Successful completion of an oral exam testing the student’s knowledge of international law and organizations based on the student's particular coursework. The exam will be administered at the end of the student’s final semester by at least one full-time or adjunct professor from the International Law & Organizations Program.
  3. Successful completion of an IL tools course during the student's second year that is based on practical applications of substantive law. The following count as IL tools courses: Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (SA.650.802), PACE/ICLN International Criminal Court Moot Competition (sa.650.800) or International Human Rights Clinic (SA.650.780).
  4. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible) 

**For those whose final semester is fall, consult the Program Director for due date.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Minor

International Law and Organizations Minor Requirements (as of AY 16/17)

  • 3 ILAW courses in total
  • 1 of the 3 courses must be Introduction to International Law (SA.650.700), Foundations of International Law (SA.650.760) at SAIS Europe, or Legal Foundations of International Relations (SA.744.400) at the HNC; if course is waived, student must replace with an alternate ILAW course
  • 2 additional ILAW or cross-listed courses
  • Passing Theories of International Relations as one of the two core requirements is highly recommended

General Minor Requirements:

  • Minors are optional (like specializations)
  • A student can minor in only one area
  • A student cannot pursue a minor in International Economics or IR/General, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • Minors consist of three courses
  • Some minors will have a required course(s)
  • A student may use a maximum of one cross-listed course (or 4 credits) towards both a minor and concentration. In this case, the minor would require just two additional courses. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area (e.g., Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, China, Japan, etc.) and not from the two additional required courses across the other IR or Asia areas. Note: IR/General concentrators can always minor in an IR sub-field or approved policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by taking just two extra courses (8 credits).
  • Regional minors may require language study or proficiency in the language of that region
  • A student can declare a minor at any time—prior to graduation
  • Students who are pursuing a minor in a program will not have bidding priority in that program (only concentrators)

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

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Contact Us


Ruth Wedgwood
Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program
rwedgwood@jhu.edu
202-663-5618
Rome 418

Tiffany Basciano
Associate Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Professorial Lecturer
tbascia1@jhu.edu
202-663-5982
Rome 419

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International Law & Organizations
Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Suite 420
Washington, DC
20036

202-663-5982

202-663-5619